My research interests focus on the improvement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and research. My new book about reforming STEM education was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in October 2011.
I also conduct research and write about higher education, and, to a lesser degree, about technology and about health/health education.
I am a sociologist who employs both quantitative and qualitative techniques in his research, but who enjoys the former more. I like building mathematical and statistical models. Much of my work has been comprised of evaluation studies..
Why U.S. can’t get back to head of the class (because it was never there)
This Washington Post article provides facts to counter the claim made by many policymakers that the US once was a world leader in K-12 education.
The Five Misconceptions About Teaching Math and Science- American education has not declined and other surprising truths
This article on false myths about STEM was solicited for a special issue of Slate/Future Tense magazine about science education.
NSF Policy Brief
What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School 2.0
This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, by Paul Gray and myself, contains excerpts from the expanded new edition of our book, What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School.
Q&A with David Drew: Broadening STEM education and debunking its myths
This is an interview with me about STEM the
Tide, which was published in the Hechinger Report on Education.
Billionaire dropouts are not the rule
In this article, I responded to, and criticized, a piece in the New York Times that questioned whether a college education still mattered.
Hawaii was trailblazer in quest for public worker rights
In this piece, published in a Honolulu newspaper, I wrote about my uncle, who secured basic rights and privleges for those who worked in the public sector in Hawaii, including teachers.
Keynote speech to the annual meeting of the NSF programs about broadening participation in STEM, National Science Foundation (NSF), June 2012
Invitational international conference on the future of engineering education Abu Dhabi speech, March 2012
Project Kalaidoscope, January 2012
A keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern California branch of Project Kalaidoscope, an organization which focuses on undergraduate STEM education.
NCORE, June 2011
A presentation about how to succeed in graduate school, and in an academic career, at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.
The Texas Southern University STEM Awareness Forum, March 2011
A presentation at a special STEM Awareness conference convened by the College of Science and Technology at Texas Southern University.